A shoplifting suspect faces a second-degree robbery charge after allegedly assaulting a store security officer while trying to flee with stolen clothing.
Shelton resident Ryan Michael McKasson, 32, was arrested about noon Sunday after the incident at Macy’s in Capital Mall in west Olympia. He appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court where Judge Anne Hirsch set bail at $2,500. Arraignment is scheduled for June 25. McKasson is also prohibited from returning to that Macy’s store.
McKasson had been seen stealing items by loss prevention officers at the store, according to court documents. One of the officers confronted him outside the store, and two bystanders stopped McKasson as he tried to walk away. In the struggle to handcuff McKasson, a hat fell out of McKasson’s pants; the officer also suffered a small cut to the palm of his hand, but was unsure how he was injured, according to court documents.
The suspect initially gave the arresting police officer a false name and was booked under Corey Hacker, said Olympia Police Lt. Paul Lower.
McKasson was transported to Capital Medical Center for medical clearance after complaining of back pain as a result of the confrontation with the loss prevention officer, according to court documents. He said he has blackouts and seizures and didn’t know what was happening, and at one point, he fell out of a wheelchair and hit his head on the ground, the report said.
At the hospital, an officer noticed McKasson putting his hands down the back of his pants and later saw a T-shirt, which had been reported stolen from Macy’s, fall off the hospital bed, according to documents. The total value of the stolen items — a hat and a shirt — was $47.
At Monday’s court hearing, Judge Hirsch noted that McKasson was already scheduled to appear in court this week on a separate second-degree burglary charge and had recently failed to appear in Mason County Superior Court on another second-degree burglary charge.